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Appeal following a fire at a Jedburgh primary school

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following a roof fire at a school in Jedburgh.

A member of the public noticed flames coming from the gym building at Parkside Primary on Waterside Road at 2:10am on November 8.

No one was injured and the Scottish Fire and Rescue service quickly discovered the seat of the fire, which measured approximately 18 inches by 18 inches.

“Fortunately no one was injured and this fire never had the opportunity to grow thanks to the actions of a member of the public and the quick response of the emergency services.

“However, this is a very serious matter and we are conducting various lines of inquiry in an effort to trace those responsible.

“We are looking very closely into the reports of a small group of youths who were seen in the area and I would urge anyone who can help us identify them to come forward immediately.

“Those with relevant information are asked to contact police on 101 or, alternatively the registered charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

– Inspector Alistair Hutchens, Police Scotland

Laidlaw expects big Scottish Borders contingent at Rugby World Cup

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw expects the Scottish Borders to 'empty out' on Saturday as fans flock to Newcastle for the Rugby World Cup.

Thousands of supporters are expected to travel south of border to see the Scots play South Africa at St James' Park. Laidlaw, who attended school in Jedburgh, says many fans from the Borders will be among them.

Speaking at today's team announcement, he said:

I think there'll be a big, big support coming down from Scotland, specifically the Borders.

The people I've spoken to back home are all very excited. Hopefully there won't be many people left in the Borders and it will kind of empty out for the weekend.

– Greig Laidlaw, Scotland captain

Scotland could clinch their place in the quarter-finals by beating South Africa in their penultimate match in Pool B on Saturday.


Jedburgh celebrates Callants Day

The cavalcade ride past Ferniehirst Castle Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of horses and riders are taking part in the Jethart Callants Festival in Jedburgh today.

The annual festival is part of the Borders Common Riding and Festival season.

Ladies dress up for the occasion Credit: ITV Border

The Cavalcade follows the Callant - a young man from the town elected to the position - around the town's boundaries.

They stop at Ferniehirst Castle and The Capon Tree to carry out traditional customs.


Borders skatepark plans approved

Library picture Credit: PA

Controversial plans for a skatepark in Jedburgh have been approved.

Councillors have given the go-ahead to a community group who want to build a park for skaters and bikers in an area known locally as the dip.

But some nearby residents say it will spoil views of the abbey and create noise.

Riverside rock festival arrives in Jedburgh

Both rock and traditional bands are set to take the stage for Riverside Rock 2015 later today, June 20, in a charity music festival.

The Joe Mangels will be playing at the event. Credit: Riverside Rock

The 2,000 capacity event will begin at Jed-Forest RFC, Riverside Park at 12pm and is set to finish at midnight.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along a picnic (alcohol not permitted) and to help raise money for “Cash For Kids” and other sports organisations around the Scottish Borders.

Row over Hawick ward boundaries

A row has broken out in the Scottish Borders over plans to redefine council ward boundaries. Under the proposals, rural areas surrounding Hawick have been included in a new Jedburgh ward.

Local people say it will break long standing ties to areas, including an historic battleground that shapes Hawick's annual Common Riding festival. Jenny Longden reports.

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